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Choosing The Right Delta American Express Card For You

February 10, 2014

Last week, American Express announced some changes to their Delta co-branded credit cards, including EMV Chip + Signature technology and that they would begin waiving foreign transaction fees starting May 1. However, they also announced an annual fee increase on the Delta Platinum card t0 $195 from the current $150. In addition, over the past […]

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Delta Amex Cards To Waive Foreign Transaction Fees and Have EMV Chips Starting May 1, 2014

February 5, 2014

American Express has an impressive line-up of travel credit cards including the Premier Rewards Gold, Starwood and Delta Gold, Platinum and Reserve cards. The one downside is that many of their cards – most, in fact, except the Platinum and Business Platinum – levy foreign transaction fees. These fees are one of my major bugaboos […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Delta Sky Club Passes

January 30, 2014

News on the airline lounge front has been pretty dismal lately with American/US Airways announcing that they would no longer grant complimentary access to Amex Platinum and Business Platinum cardholders starting March 22, and Delta jacking up its membership fees over $200 as well as restricting Platinum and Delta Reserve access to their lounges to […]

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Delta Targeted Medallion Platinum Offer To Drool Over

January 29, 2014

Competition over New York-based flyers is heating up this week with offers from both Delta and American for flyers who book premium international tickets to reach a higher elite status level plus a few other valuable perks. The Delta offer is hands-down the more generous of the two. Targeted folks who register before March 31, […]

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New Amenities Being Tested at Delta SkyClubs – Healthy Snacks, Premium Drinks and Manicures

January 28, 2014

Earlier this month, Delta announced that it was jacking up membership fees for its SkyClubs, and restricting guest access for certain members (those with the new Individual membership level) and cardholders of the Amex Platinum and Delta Reserve cards. Delta justified it by saying they have invested $50 million in lounge renovations but their members […]

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Flight Review: Delta 767-300 Transcontinental BusinessElite LAX – JFK

January 27, 2014

Last week TPG Director of Ops, Kate O’Brien, flew from Los Angeles to New York on Delta’s 767-300 in BusinessElite. Luckily for Kate, her original flight (in coach) was cancelled and she was rebooked automatically on an earlier flight thanks to her Silver Medallion status – and what’s even more surprising, it was with an […]

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My Rollover Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles Posted for 2014

January 15, 2014

We’re well into January and I’m starting to put serious thought into my airline and hotel elite status strategy. As part of my decision-making process, I logged into my Delta.com account and saw that my rollover MQMs from 2013 have posted. Delta is unique in that it allows its Medallion elites to rollover any miles […]

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Deal Alert: Low Fares To Europe on Delta and United – Houston IAH – Athens ATH As Low As $682 Roundtrip

January 14, 2014

Fare Deal Alert just reported on some decently low fares on a combination of Delta, Air France and/or KLM, and on United/Aegean from Houston IAH to Athens ATH roundtrip via a variety of airports including Athens, Paris and Amsterdam, with some airfares coming in as low as $682 roundtrip. It looks like these fares are […]

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Delta Jacks Up Sky Club Membership Fees – Slashes Guest Policy

January 10, 2014

Delta sure is a fan of devaluations. They’re increasing the amount of miles needed for awards not once but twice this year, but apparently that’s not enough for the airline’s bean counters. The airline sent out an email to its flyers today announcing that it has created a new pricing level of SkyClub membership called […]

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Can I Earn American Miles on an Alaska Codeshare Delta Flight?

January 5, 2014

TPG reader Rox posted on my Facebook wall this week asking me: “If I’m flying on a Delta-operated Alaska Airlines flight, can I earn American AAdvantage qualifying miles?” Wouldn’t that be nice? It would essentially mean that American and Delta flyers could earn American miles on all three airlines – American, Delta and Alaska – […]

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Will Delta’s New Revenue Requirements Affect My Lifetime Status?

January 5, 2014

TPG Reader Marie is concerned that Delta’s new elite status spending requirements will affect her lifetime status with the airline: “I am confused about the elite status changes on Delta. My husband is a Lifetime Gold Medallion and I am Lifetime Silver Medallion. Do we retain this status with the new changes? Since we have […]

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United and Delta Elite Status Revenue Requirements Are Officially Here

January 2, 2014

Now that we’re a day into 2014, it’s already time to start thinking about your elite status strategy and how to achieve your goals. While elite status qualification with hotels and airlines has for the most part remained the same, two of the major US legacy carriers – Delta and United – have both implemented […]

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As A Delta Platinum, Why Don’t I Get Upgraded On All Flights Of Multi-Leg Trips?

December 29, 2013

TPG reader Dennis flies Delta often and counts on getting upgraded for long flights: “I am a Platinum Medallion on Delta and noticed that for certain multi-city itineraries I am upgraded 5-6 days before my scheduled departure for the 2nd leg of my trip. Why am I not upgraded for the 1st leg at the […]

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Delta Will Honor Mistake Fares

December 28, 2013

On Thursday, the frequent flyer community was abuzz with word that Delta’s website was generating extremely low mistake fares that included such gems as $47 for a roundtrip between JFK and LAX, and $98 from the east coast to Hawaii. The glitch was up for about two hours, and there was a veritable feeding frenzy […]

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Saturday Recap: Delta Announces New Routes, US Airways Extends Status Through March 2014, Register For Starwood Bonus Promotion, Earn Bonus Points For Opening An Air India Flying Returns Account And More

December 21, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Delta Announces Route Expansion Between Seattle and San Jose: Starting on May 20, 2014, Delta will be adding new daily nonstop flights to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from San Jose International Airport and Juneau International Airport. They will also add a flight from Ted […]

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1,500 Bonus Delta Miles With Gilt – And Other Gilt Partner Bonuses

December 13, 2013

Gilt is a great members-only online shopping site that gives members exclusive access to discounted designer brands, deals on travel through Jetsetter, home goods, food, wine, city-specific sales and activities like fitness training sessions and spa treatments, and more. Gilt has also partnered with airlines and hotels to offer members of their loyalty programs bonus […]

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Elite Status Series: Delta SkyMiles Medallion Unique Program Elements

December 11, 2013

TPG contributor Nick Ewen has taken us through the basics of Delta Medallion status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it in each tier. Today he discusses other unique elements of the program. In my earlier posts, I covered the ins and outs of Delta’s four elite […]

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Delta Revamps Medallion Upgrade Program – Introduces Global and Regional Upgrades

December 10, 2013

As a Delta Platinum and Diamond Medallion for the past 5 years, Delta’s international upgrade policy has always been a thorn in my side. Top-tier upgrades have historically been restricted to Y, B and M fare classes (read: super expensive), so I’ve generally chosen other perks for my Choice Benefits options. However, Delta announced today […]

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Elite Status Series: Delta Diamond Medallion

December 10, 2013

TPG contributor Nick Ewen takes us through the basics of Delta Diamond Medallion status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. In earlier posts, I covered the ins and outs of Delta’s Silver Medallion, Gold Medallion and Platinum Medallion levels of elite status. This piece is targeted at […]

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Elite Status Series: Delta Platinum Medallion

December 9, 2013

TPG contributor Nick Ewen takes us through the basics of Delta Platinum Medallion status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. In earlier posts, I covered the ins and outs of Delta’s lowest two tiers of elite status: Silver Medallion and Gold Medallion. This piece is targeted […]

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Elite Status Series: Delta Gold Medallion

December 6, 2013

TPG contributor Nick Ewen takes us through the basics of Delta Gold Medallion status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. In a prior post, I covered the ins and outs of Delta’s lowest tier of elite status: Silver Medallion. Just getting any level of status with […]

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Buy Delta MQMs to Reach Or Maintain Your Status for 2014

December 5, 2013

Seeing as we have only a few more weeks until we ring in 2014, that means many people are making that last mad, desperate dash for elite status re-qualification. I’m getting tons of emails and tweets asking for help trying to hit the next level- or simply maintain what has already been earned. Some calls […]

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Elite Status Series: Delta Silver Medallion

December 3, 2013

TPG contributor Nick Ewen takes us through the basics of Delta Silver Medallion status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. As 2013 draws to a close, that can only mean one thing…the end of the elite status-qualifying year is almost upon us! Though I have held […]

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Should I Choose Flying Blue Over SkyMiles In Light Of The Upcoming Delta Changes In 2014?

November 24, 2013

TPG reader Jonathan asked: “I would love to hear your opinion on the relative merits of Flying Blue vs. SkyMiles given the sweeping changes to SkyMiles coming in 2014. I fly about 80,000 miles annually on SkyTeam partners, typically on trips to Africa. I love the free upgrade to Economy Comfort that I get with […]

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